By Jim Lein, Programs
Management Senior Principal, Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies
I interviewed a number of Oracle employee and partner
experts last fall for my “7
Enterprise Applications Trends for High Growth Companies in 2013.” Even
though I speak with partners, customers, and Oracle experts on a daily basis, I
went into these interviews with an open mind and no pre-conceived notions of
what those trends might be.
With unemployment rates relatively high worldwide, I was a
bit surprised to learn from many of these experts that the gap between IT
skills needed and IT skills available is widening. Simply put, more
and more open IT positions are going unfilled due to a lack of available candidates
with the appropriate experience and skills.
People are often the scarcest resource for growing
companies. Accordingly, in the coming weeks, we will be presenting a series of
posts on how Oracle
Accelerate Solutions, Oracle
Business Accelerators, Oracle
Accelerate partners, and Oracle products (such as Oracle
TBE Cloud Service) are helping our growing customers utilize their existing
IT resources more effectively.
Oracle’s solutions help ease the strain on resources in two
ways. First, they help reduce the need to divert internal IT resources to
implementation duties during the deployment. This is mission critical as your
IT and business analyst staff likely doesn’t have a lot of extra time on their
hands, right? Secondly, these solutions can help simplify IT functions so that
you don’t need to add staff at the same rate that your business is growing.
That’s a good thing since qualified people are getting harder to find and more
expensive to hire.
I hope you’ll find this series interesting.
Meanwhile, here’s some food for thought:
Knowledge Work,” The Harvard Business Review
for 2013—Corporate Talent, Leadership and HR—Nexus of Global Forces Drives
New Models for Talent,” Bersin by Deloitte